Emilia Clarke argues why “Game of Thrones” is not actually sexist

For many, it’s hard not to think of HBO’s Game of Thrones as an inherently sexist show. There’s a lot of sexual violence and endless references to women being owned as property. Many female characters are treated unfairly and physically abused. Even the series’ biggest fans have commented at its sexist overtones, insisting that the series is perpetuating these problematic themes. But some say the show (and book series) is actually a feminist one, pointing out characters like Margaery Tyrell and Daenerys Targaryen defy these criticisms.

Emilia Clarke (the actress who portrays Dany) agrees with the latter, claiming Game of Thrones really isn’t a sexist series.


In her recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Clarke explains her views on the controversial show, and why there’s more to the women on GoT than some think:

“That’s what’s beautiful about Game of Thrones — its depiction of women in so many different stages of development. There are women depicted as sexual tools, women who have zero rights, women who are queens but only to a man, and then there are women who are literally unstoppable and as powerful as you can possibly imagine.”

She said it hurts her to hear people putting an “anti-feminist spin” on the show, because there is so much more to the storylines than that.


Clarke’s words can’t erase the fact that there are some really uncomfortable parts of Game of Thrones, but she is successful at getting us to see the bigger picture. Hopefully we’ll witness the Queen of Dragons continue to rule (and escape what seems to be a precarious situation) in this upcoming season. Because we could use a whole lot more of her in this world.